2014 BARBER TOURNAMENT SITE SELECTED
The 2014 Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions (July 26-29) will be held at the Rosen Centre Hotel, 9840 International Dr., Orlando, FL 32819. Hotel registration will be available beginning February 4. Contact number is 1-800-204-7234. This is the same hotel that will be used for the US Open, the Denker Tournament of High School Champions and the National Girls Invitational Tournament (NGIT). The information and rules for the 2014 Barber tournament will be posted shortly.
A FOUR-WAY TIE LEADS THE FIELD
The 2013 Barber Tournament of K-8 Champions provided its own share of excitement this year. This event had the largest field of participants to ever compete for the title of Barber Champion of Champions.
Composed of fifty players from around the nation, this group had eight National Masters with all of them drawing or losing a game. Never in the history of this event has there been a four-way tie for First Place. Leading that group was NM Andrew Liu (MA) who had the best tie-breaks and will be one of the US representatives at the World Youth. The other players who tied for First Place were NM Andrew Tang (MN), NM Vignesh Panchanatham (CA-N) and NM Craig Hilby (CA-S). All four struggled to reach the magic score of 6/6, but no one could reach even 5.5/6. Three of the four winners lost a game with the other player giving up two draws.
Another rising star, NM Roland Feng (WA) scored a clear 4.5/6 for Fifth Place. Roland along with many others took on the challenge of playing in the US Open after the conclusion of this event.
I would like to recognize our new sponsor, Internet Chess Club (ICC) which provided a two year membership to each participant.
Results for all participants can be found at:
|2014 OFFICIAL BARBER LIST|
|(Revised August 7, 2013)|
|N = Nominated by State/Area Affiliate|
|C = Attendance Confirmed by Participant/Parent|